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"For readers of works like Harry Potter who have grown up a bit into wanting to know more." — The Hermetic Library

"Lucid and wonderfully easy to read… While it is indeed a perfect book for the 'intelligent novice' it’s far more than that– it’s a serious, in-depth survey of a massive topic.” — WitchVox

"An accessible and immensely readable book… A fascinating insight into a hidden world.” — Booksquawk

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Have you ever wanted to know more about alchemy, mix up a herbal remedy, dowse for water, perform a spell, or find out more about "second sight"? Did the Harry Potter books ignite your curiosity about wizardry? Through experiments to try and places to visit, as well as a historical exploration of magic and interviews with leading magicians, The Book of English Magic will introduce you to the extraordinary world that lies beneath the surface.

Magic runs through the veins of English history, part of daily life from the earliest Arthurian legends to Aleister Crowley to the novels of Tolkien and Philip Pullman, and from the Druids to Freemasonry and beyond. Richly illustrated and deeply knowledgeable, this book is an invaluable source for anyone curious about magic and wizardry, or for sophisticated practitioners wanting to learn more.

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  • Broché: 576 pages
  • Editeur : Overlook Books; Édition : Reprint (30 octobre 2012)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 9781468300697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468300697
  • ASIN: 1468300695
  • Dimensions du produit: 13,8 x 3,3 x 20,3 cm
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Par Benoit Dulière le 13 mars 2013
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Sympathique par le format, les illustrations "old fashioned", un peu énervant car l'auteur tente de nous convaincre que la grande bretagne est le pays "le plus magique du monde", ce qui à mon sens est très orgeuilleux... les descriptions des chapitres sont plus que succintes quand elles ne sont pas carrément à côté de la plaque, je pense à la pierre philosophale par exemple...Mais je lui met quand même trois étoiles car c'est agréable à lire et à le mérite de donner beaucoup de liens vers d'autres ouvrages, musées, lieux dits....le véritable trésor de ce livre c'es cela ! Dommage qu'en France (et/ou en Belgique et Suisse) il n'existe pas d'ouvrages similaires !
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Attractively combines history with how-to 31 octobre 2010
Par John L Murphy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
It's an accessible history, guidebook, and how-to compendium. In a friendly, yet cautious, manner, the writers encourage readers to learn more about the traditions of England, as well as forms invented and revamped by hundreds of thousands of pagans, believers, and "Armchair Magicians" today.

(N.B. I am not a magician, but a medievalist, so my interest in this was more scholarly than as a grimoire. I am aware of the infighting that may rage here as among pagans about nomenclature, inclusion, and exclusion. But my review is for a general reader looking inside a realm that most of us on the outside know little about...)

Twelve fast-paced, illustrated and annotated chapters reveal this vast storehouse of lore. Ancient roots, starting with prehistoric cave-dwellers, dig down into pre-Celtic and Celtic foundations. Saxon sorcerers displace and follow Druids. Their descendants become medieval Catholics, grail searchers with their own complicated relationship to their magical peers.

Alchemy intrigued "puffers" close to Elizabethan courtiers. Witches met persecution, if in England far fewer being hanged than some have supposed. Astrologers, cunning-men (akin to fortune-tellers or psychics today), wizards, Rosicrucians, scryers, Freemasons, Theosophists, Spiritualists, and mediums populate the chronicles of the past five hundred years. Even if most who feared or welcomed magic lived in isolation, one city grew in its allure. Enduring in its attraction for England's spiritual and scientific explorers, London, the authors remind us, is better than Cairo or Calcutta, Paris or Prague, for anybody curious about the Craft. They detail its lore and its three occult bookstores lovingly.

Essays by adepts enrich this volume. Brian Bates, a psychologist and shamanistic researcher, laments the superficiality of how magic is treated. "People nowadays will happily read Harry Potter, but are wary of the real stuff." The reclamation of what popular culture distorts, while protecting the secrecy of lore and rituals entrusted to true initiates, characterizes many who guard their mystery traditions.

Some still remain anonymous here. One, a member of the Order of the Golden Dawn that once attracted W.B. Yeats as well as a man whom he detested, Aleister Crowley, explains his search "for the mystery of being." He reasons that magic is both objective and subjective. It is created by the imagination and then takes on its own life; it is real and separate from human beings at the same time.

Few contributors claim, as earlier witches did a few decades ago, to inherit magical skills. Instead, they seek out the few who control them, who create them, and who teach them. Carr-Gomm and Heygate warn of the easy lure of spell-casting; the love charm they include should be used to bring love into one's life, but not a particular lover. For, he or she once enticed may turn out to be the bane of one's existence.

Websites, reading lists of novels and manuals, experts, locations, and schools append each chapter. While some oversight may be inevitable (I missed James Blish's erudite novel on medieval alchemist Roger Bacon, "Doctor Mirabilis" [see my review], and the fiction of J.C. Powys and Iain Sinclair), the authors succeed in navigating between the skeptical and the credulous among those whom they address and whom they include. For those wishing to find out about such lore, such guidance remains necessary. Nigel Pennick, a prolific scholar-practitioner, laments how people "no longer do things because their ancestors did them; it is no longer part of our culture to pass things on to the next generation."

The repeal of the Witchcraft Act in 1951, Swinging Sixties appeal, and the ecological threats that increased awareness of earth-based religious practices in the 1980s contribute to the shift in perception among many English people that welcomed pagan or alternative forms of ritual and belief.

This sense of adventure, for perhaps more wary seekers, accounts for the rise in public perceptions of esoteric, and formerly shunned or banned, practices. Music's touched on within a summation of Chaos Magic, but the impact of film and television portrayals of magic, oddly, is absent from this survey. Compared to Margot Adler's magisterial account of American New Age and neo-pagan movements, "Drawing Down the Moon" (see my review), this counterpart appears more grounded in the living history which connects the English varieties directly to their dolmens and fields, their hideaways and chambers. This, after all, is the strength inherent in their magical legacy.

This book closes movingly, acknowledging the eclectic, syncretic nature of the corpus of a resuscitated English magical tradition. Deep down, the authors advise, one knows if one or more of the paths sketched in this book may direct one to fulfillment. This magical quest draws on a depth of awareness that contemplation and study may reveal.
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WONDERFULL!!!!!!!!!! 24 mars 2011
Par Sean Powers - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Hello! This is not a lengthy review, however I feel compelled to comment on this book. If you are drawn to this book I am guessing you have a pretty strong grasp on the "occult" in general. I have read hundreds of occult books ranging in almost every topic, I am however always drawn to old traditional witchcraft. There is a mystique and wonderment that the English bring to the table in this regard. This book is great! In the first few pages the author states the importance of books, occult books in general, and how they have the ability to transport you to another time and place, how true!

This is in no way an "advanced" book on magic, nor does it claim to be. It is however a brilliant volume of all things English magic, hence the title. If you are looking for a medieval grimoire, look somewhere else. If you are looking for a book to fuel your imagination, not at the cost of the readers intelligence, don't even hesitate. This is the type of book that makes me love books!!!!!

Explaining the contents would be futile, as this is such a unique, fun, page turner. There are magical practices, great for getting started, but more for putting you in the element of what your reading to complement the experience.It is beautifully bound, and you will love it the second you pull it out of the box, I PROMISE!!!!

If you have an avid love for the occult, especially English like me, you will be very glad you found this treasure!!!!

Bravo Chaps!!!!!
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Great presentation 11 septembre 2009
Par W. Paul Blakey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
First and foremost I love the look and feel of this book. The weight of it, the texture of the cover, the softness of the pages and the typography and illustrations are top notch. The contents too, are very good.

The book is multi-layered. Each chapter contains an essay on the topic, then short biographies of notable practitioners of said art, and finally there are exercises to try yourself and a useful list of further reading or web sites to try.

The authors took on a mammoth task and the only reason I gave the book four stars rather than five is because some of my favourite magicians were rather sparsely treated. (W.E. Butler and Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki are mentioned, but only in passing.)

I'm sure a volume two is in order.

Highly recommended.
7 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Informative and Attractive 21 novembre 2010
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
As a book of history on English magic, I found this book enjoyable to read. The draw for me was not the how-to's, but the exploration of the history and the anecdotal stories. While others may have found this as a "pre-kindergarten" book, I would say that they were looking at it entirely in the "how-to" perspective rather than as a social history. There are times when an overly scholarly puts off the average reader. If this "pre-kindergarten" book can then encourage others to delve more deeply into the topic and history, then it has done a job well done.

I was fortunate enough to get the hardcover UK edition when it was first published. It is a beautifully bound book - truly one of the more attractive books in my collection!

I would recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the history of English magic, especially history that is written in a less formal, more approachable fashion.
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English Magick 10 mai 2011
Par S. Cranow - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle
Philip Carr-Gomm an expert on Druidry has written a book that is a tour de force. Covering the magical history of Britain all the way from it's prehistoric Shamanistic beginning all the way up to the present. The book is comprehensive, informative and very interesting. if you are new to magic I advise you pick up a copy of this book and read it. The over view will help you get to where you want to go in the realm of magic.

Not only does the book offer a rich textured history of magic but it also comes with exercises the novice can do so they can get their feet wet. If you are a long term practitioner then this is your chance to dabble in something a bit outside of your field. For further exploration the book offers a treasure trove of web links and books for further exploration. Awesome.

Right now there are more magical practitioners in Britain then every before. The early prehistoric people began doing their Shamanistic practices in caves often times using chants, altered states of mind and visualization in order to control the world around them. Such concerns were for hunting, crops and warding off sickness.

The state of magic moved on as the landscape of Britain is filled with landmarks that at first modern Brits took no notice of. This changed with the likes of John Aubrey and William Stukely who recognized them as Pagan holy sites and worthy of attention. later on other people would find our they were connected by Ley lines. Originally they were straight line paths from one place to the next. Trade caravans and pilgrims followed these routes. in around 1925 it was theorized that these land lines were like energy routes and could be harness for magical practice. To tap into these Ley lines one could use a variety of methods but one stood out and that was dowsing.

By use of tools inclusive of pendulums and dowsing rods Ley lines could be discovered. Dowsing is also an effective means for finding water and oil. many dowsers will tell you never to use dowsing for personal gain or unearned wealth. Druids who were the philosophers among the Celts rose to prominence. Their writing was using the Ogham alphabet. Now not much is known about the Druids so we have what is called an imaginative reconstruction. The Romans obliterated any traces of Druidic culture. The reconstructions come from scratch. Druidism or neo-druidism developed in Britain growing through three stages. First group mimicking the Freemason was more like a workers club offering fraternity, friendship and union style benefits. it was a means of support. The second phase was more of a cultural celebration where in the Brits who joined still retained their Christian affiliation while practicing Celtic/druidic rites as a cultural thing. Finally the druids became a spiritual magical movement. They modeled themselves after the Mason with initiations and ceremonies and casting circles. Symbolic use if herbs, animal totems and vision quests are made use of.

No magic book on England would be complete without mentioning Merlin. Some call him Mardyn the wild one. No one knows who he really is. They know he existed; of course King Arthur is something else entirely. Merlin was an adviser to the king. In reality he may have been a chieftain who came from Ireland and Scotland. Geoffrey Monmouth spoke of him in his works. Many feel that Merlin's prophecies came to pass. Others still say they are yet to pass. The chapter continues with further talk on the legends of the Grail and their internal spiritual uses.

As the Romans were forced to flee the Anglo Saxons and the Jutes entered the scene. A system of magic and sorcery was built upon the foundation of what was left behind of the Romans and celts added to the Germanic tribes brought with them. The Anglo Saxon brought with them beliefs in elves, dwarves, gnomes and faeries. They also brought the Runic alphabet with them. The Runes branched off and took different courses in Britain then they did in Germany. The Anglo Saxon had a belief that sickness was caused by mischievous elves. The Anglo Saxon sorcerer has verbal charms and herbs that were meant to counteract such things. The Herbs were often imbued with powers bestowed up them by certain astral bodies. The Runes were used for fortune telling and Binding runes could be used for magical spells. Binding is when runes were worn as a talisman or amulet. Two runes would be combined for certain desired result.

High magic came to play with the importation of Alchemy. Alchemists in the west have always sought two things: how to turn metals into gold and how to perfect the soul. Alchemists in the East also wanted to perfect the soul but they were also searching for immortality. Eventually Alchemy would lead to chemistry but the idea of certain herbs being associated with planetary influence and perfecting the soul would find their way into High Magic. High Magic is all about Theurgist magic which is geared for perfecting the soul. The book has a few real interesting activities associated with alchemy that can be performed at home.

John Dee was very interested in both Astrology and alchemy. A gifted magician he plunged into magic whole heartedly. His interest in magic would lead to an interest in angels. He was a favorite of the Elizabethan court. He would get together with a cohort who is clairvoyant who was able to decipher the Enochian language. They would later go off treasure hunting with his cohort Edward Kelley. Their treasure hunting exploits were not as successful as hoped. Edward Kelley ended up getting arrested. John Dee retired.

Low magic is using magic to procure things like love, money and even fighting of sickness. It had much in common with Anglo Saxon sorcery. The people that come to mind are Witches, Wiccans and Cunning folk. Wicca was introduced in 1954 by Gerald Gardner. Without going into his life details Wicca has been controversial. It made the term witch a positive connotation. Their focus was on positive magic. The controversy is the actual age of whatr is called Wicca. Witch craft is not the same as Wicca in al cases.

The original witches were actually cunning folk who lived in the countryside villages. They would perform magick to protect people from the evil work of witches. They would also say their incantation invoking Jesus. The second group of witches were those accused of witch craft and burned at the stake. Many were innocent. Finally there is Wicca.

Wicca took many things of ceremonial magic including invocations from the Key of Solomon. They also took the initiation from the Masons. Combining theories from India and the far east, Gerald Gardner formulated his own brand of magic.
The history of magic continues with descriptions of Alesister Crowley, Freemason The Golden Dawn all the way through Chaos Magick. The book is too exhaustive to give a thorough summarization unless you are writing a term paper. It has interviews, places to visit, activities, book you name it. This book gets five stars out of five stars if you are any way into magic then buy the book ASAP.
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